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Harlem is the section of Manhattan that lies north of 110th Street and south of the Harlem River, bounded by Fifth Avenue to the East and Morningside and St. Nicholas Avenues to the West. Rich in cultural significance, Harlem has undergone numerous transformations in the history of American life. Redevelopment in the 1980s revived interest in the neighborhood after hard economic times hit during the Depression. As the real estate market boomed, abandoned buildings were replaced with new Manhattan apartments and office buildings. Real estate investors transformed beautiful old brownstones and restored them to their former glory.

Filled with some of the world’s most distinctive brownstone architecture and renowned artistic institutions, Harlem today draws students and professionals to its treasure trove of opportunity and property investments centered around a renaissance in development at 125th Street. Next to this area, from about 106th Street to about 123rd Street between Morningside Park and Riverside Park, is Morningside Heights – an area brimming with history and cultural attractions supported by the large number of students, academics and families that keep the area welcoming and vibrant. Great restaurants and bars -- both old and new -- draw fans from all over New York. Transportation to Harlem includes the 6 train 6 to 110th Street, the 2 and 3 to 116th Street, A, B, C and D to 125th Street and Metro North to 125th Street.